precocious

[pri-koh-shuhs]
adjective
1.
unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development: a precocious child.
2.
prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
3.
of or pertaining to premature development.
4.
Botany.
a.
flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
b.
bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
c.
appearing before leaves, as flowers.

Origin:
1640–50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox (see precocity) + -ous

precociously, adverb
precociousness, noun
unprecocious, adjective
unprecociously, adverb
unprecociousness, noun
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precocious (prɪˈkəʊʃəs)
 
adj
1.  ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
2.  botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
 
[C17: from Latin praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen]
 
pre'cociously
 
adv
 
pre'cociousness
 
n
 
precocity
 
n

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Main Entry:  precocious1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to uncharacteristically early development, esp. in maturity
Etymology:  Latin prae- + coquere 'to cook'
Main Entry:  precocious2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  appearing early, as flowers; early in development
Etymology:  Latin prae- + coquere 'to cook'
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Word Origin & History

precocious
1650, "developed before the usual time," from L. præcox (gen. præcocis) "maturing early," from præ- "before" + coquere "to ripen," lit. "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Fig. use, of persons, dates from 1678.
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precocious pre·co·cious (prĭ-kō'shəs)
adj.
Showing unusually early development or maturity.


pre·coc'ity (-kŏs'ĭ-tē) or pre·co'cious·ness n.
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precocious   (prĭ-kō'shəs)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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Example sentences
However much fun they are having, the kids are affected by this precocious
  professionalism of theirs.
As a precocious and retiring 4-year-old, the author tells us, she began reading
  anything she could lay her hands on.
It sounds to me that the whale was pushed out of the pod for being precocious.
Ralph was docile, and had a precocious sagacity for keeping out of trouble.
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